Salisbury Press

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Allentown Symphony Association seeks successor for executive director Evans

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An interim executive director is being sought to succeed Sheila Evans, who has resigned as Allentown Symphony Association executive director.

Evans’ resignation was accepted at a Nov. 10 meeting of the symphony association executive committee, according to association board President Philip C. Jackson.

“Sheila’s done an excellent job to getting us to where we are today. With Sheila’s resignation, it is our hope that we can even take it to higher levels,” Jackson said of Miller Symphony Hall during a Nov. 12 interview with The Press.

Galas galore: Baum School of Art notes building’s 30th anniversary; Civic Theatre celebrates 90th anniversary of venue

Friday, November 10, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The season of galas draws to a close as the year 2017 comes to an end. Two of the most recent fun and fund-raisers benefited the Baum School of Art and Civic Theatre of Allentown.

The Baum School “Fall Gala,” held on several levels of the school, honored the Baum Family for its support of the school and celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Russell E. Baum Building, Fifth and Linden streets, Allentown.

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ astounds at PPL Center

Friday, November 10, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you’ve never traveled to Las Vegas and have not seen a Cirque du Soleil performance there, the amazing performance organization that has been at the forefront of the new circus movement is traveling to you.

Right here in the Lehigh Valley, through Nov. 12, at PPL Center, Allentown, Cirque du Soleil is back with “Varekai,” an extraordinary, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring performance. “Varekai” is nothing short of acrobatic ballet.

Movie Review: ‘Loving Vincent’ is cinematic art

Friday, November 10, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Loving Vincent” is a cinematic work of art. The film, which is much more than Vincent van Gogh’s paintings brought to life, is by turns a “CSI” or “Forensic Files” psychological thriller.

Without setting up a “Spoiler Alert!” here, the storyline in “Loving Vincent” (It’s a somewhat unfortunate title in that van Gogh seemed incapable of loving himself, but readily and eagerly embraced the world, people, and everything and everyone in it. Then again, maybe the title is the height of irony.) has to do with the how he died. The film also celebrates how he lived.


Thursday, November 9, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

McKitish resigns from planning commission

Salisbury Township commissioners are seeking a replacement following a resignation from the Salisbury Township Planning Commission.

The resignation of Stephen J. McKitish Jr., vice chairman of the planning commission, was accepted with a 4-0 vote, with one commissioner absent at the Oct. 26 township meeting. Commissioner Joanne Ackerman made the motion, seconded by Commissioner James Seagreaves, to bring the motion to a vote.

Ordinance passes to regulate medical marijuana facilities

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Medical Marijuana Facilities regulations have been approved for Salisbury Township, even though no facilities are publicly proposed for the township.

By a vote of 4-0, with one commissioner absent, the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners approved the amendment to the township Zoning Ordinance at the Oct. 26 township meeting. Commissioner Debra Brinton made the motion, seconded by Commissioner James Seagreaves, to vote on the ordinance.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Proposed 2018 budget has tax hike; increases fees for water and sewer, garbage

Across-the-board tax hikes are in the offing in 2018 for Salisbury Township residents: 7 percent annual millage increase, $2 per quarter garbage-hauling increase and a pass-along Lehigh County Authority water and sewer rate increase.

The proposed hikes received the consensus backing of four of five commissioners during the workshop of the Oct. 26 township meeting as part of the first public airing of the 2018 budget.

September house sales decrease 3.5 percent

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley declined as the summer selling season ended.

Closed sales decreased 3.5 percent in September to 697 houses sold, compared to 722 houses sold in September 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report.

For the year to date, closed sales increased 4.2 percent, to 6,322, compared to 6,065 for the year to date in 2016.

On a positive note, pending sales increased 12.5 percent in September to 739, compared to 657 in September 2016.